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Spurs' fast start to season has sent a warning to title rivals, says Kane


Three and easy: Harry Kane celebrates with Lucas Moura
Three and easy: Harry Kane celebrates with Lucas Moura

By Simon Peach

Harry Kane believes Tottenham made a statement of intent at Manchester United as the perennial slow starters continued their winning start to the season.

Kane's superb header was complemented by a Lucas Moura brace in a 3-0 triumph that represents the biggest home defeat of Jose Mourinho's managerial career and acts as a warning sign to Premier League rivals.

In recent years, Spurs' title tilts have been damaged by sluggish starts, but kicking off the campaign with three successive wins points towards an exciting season.

Asked if the victory at United was a statement of intent, Kane said: "Yeah, 100%. We've maybe fallen behind at the start of the season the last few years, so we have to stay up there from the very start.

"The only way to do that is to come here and win, and all the other big games as well.

"It's been a great start for us. We're not getting too carried away, it's only three games in, but that's what we needed.

"We needed to start the season well and now it's about maintaining that for the rest of the year."

Spurs' start is all the more impressive given the fact their nine World Cup semi-finalists made late returns to training in a summer when Pochettino's men did not make a single signing.

The lack of acquisitions could prove costly in the long run, but Kane says it has boosted the squad so far.

"The gaffer said he's not just going to bring in players for the sake of it," the striker added.

"What that does is it gives the rest of the squad huge belief because it shows he has belief in us, so now we have to repay him for that and repay the club.

"The competition for places is high and we've to keep it going."

A trip to Watford now awaits on Sunday. It was Kane's second goal after ending his August hoodoo the previous week, with the striker continuing to show no signs of a World Cup hangover.

"I've said before, you've got to stay fit all-year round nowadays just because of the standard of the Premier League and the Champions League," Kane said.

"It's always mentally can you get that rest, and I feel good."

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